Online Indexes

Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire & Selkirkshire together with parts of Dumfriesshire, East Lothian and Midlothian - 111,330 names

Berwickshire, Dumfriesshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire & Selkirkshire together with parts of East Lothian, Kirkcudbrightshire, Lanarkshire, Midlothian and Wigtownshire - 224,150 names

Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire & Selkirkshire together with parts of Dumfriesshire, East Lothian and Midlothian - 115,521 names

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Free Online Parish Register Search

We have now made available an online searchable database of all the parish registers we have indexed so far, plus some additional material not yet published in book form. The records we have indexed are taken from Kirk Session material of the Church of Scotland and other Presbyterian churches. They are not part of the Church of Scotland Old Parish Registers (or OPRs) as found on the Scotland's People site. They therefore contain many records of births, marriages and deaths which are not to be found anywhere else. Click here to see current database coverage.

Click here to search Births/Baptisms (6,050 entries).

Click here to search Marriages/Banns (1,175 entries).

Click here to search Deaths/Burials (2,583 entries).

Free Online Prison Record Search

We have now made available an online searchable database for all the prison registers we have indexed so far (Banff 1848-1865; Cromarty 1841-1872; Dumbarton 1828-1840; Dumfries 1841-1851; Greenlaw 1840-1862; Jedburgh 1843-1869; Kelso 1844-1862; Peebles 1848-1862; and Selkirk 1828-1840, 1853-1878). This index should enable you to identify someone in the records and get the relevant reference so that you can obtain more information. Further information, such as the crime, can be found in our prison index books.

Click here to search the Prison Register Database (18,785 entries).

Free Online Paternity Case Search

We have now made available an online searchable database for paternity cases in Sheriff Courts in the south of Scotland. These include a few other aliment cases concerning desertion as well as some breach of promise to marry cases. At present, the index covers the years 1846-1916 for Airdrie; 1830-1916 for Dumfries; 1830-1916 for Duns; 1845-1916 for Hamilton; 1894-1916 for Hawick; 1831-1892 for Jedburgh; 1830-1916 (excluding the years 1877-78, 1890-91 and 1907-09 which are missing from the records) for Kirkcudbright; 1842-1916 for Lanark; 1860-1916 for Linlithgow; 1860-1916 for Paisley; 1837-1916 for Peebles; 1830-1916 for Selkirk, 1887-1916 for Stranraer and 1831-1916 for Wigtown. This represents all surviving cases from 1830-1916 in the Registers of Decrees for those courts. Cases from the few surviving 18th century decree books for Jedburgh 1748-1753, Kirkcudbright 1748-1765, and Selkirk 1751-1757 & 1782-1793 are also included.

The index also includes cases from Edinburgh Sheriff Court from 1830-1880 (indexing in progress for the years to follow); and Aberdeen Sheriff Court for the years 1834-1836 & 1875 (only 2 cases appear in the 1875 fragment). Also included are cases indexed from the original court papers (processes) for Aberdeen from 1752, 1761-62, 1802, 1811, 1817, 1820-22 and 1830; Airdrie from 1857-61; Dumfries from 1834, 1835 and 1853; Edinburgh from 1788, 1808-09, 1819 and 1829; Jedburgh from 1822-1916; Kirkcudbright from 1850-1854 and Stranraer from 1849-1916.

Cases after 1916 have not been added to the index for privacy reasons, but will be added on an annual basis in future years. Other years and new Sheriff Courts will soon be added, so please keep checking this page for updates. We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Margaret Hamilton in this indexing project.

Click here to search the Paternity Case Database (15,535 entries).

Database last updated on 18 July 2016 at 8:15 p.m. GMT

This update has added paternity cases from Aberdeen Sheriff Court for 1836-37 and 1903-16.

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